In late June, Governor Ned Lamont signed legislation that made Connecticut the latest state to allow dentists to hire dental therapists. The trend is part of an effort to expand oral health care to underserved communities. Like dental hygienists, dental therapists provide preventive care. They also perform a narrow range of routine restorative procedures, including filling cavities and extracting loose teeth, that are normally done only by dentists.
In the wake of the November mid-term election, more states will be expanding Medicaid, the government’s largest health insurance program, and rural Americans are poised to be big beneficiaries, researchers say. The federal government and states jointly fund Medicaid and states administer the program under federal guidelines.
November 9, 2018 • Volume 28, Issue 40
Are destinations at risk from too many visitors? By Barbara Mantel
Tourists flock to Glacier Point at Yosemite National Park in California in 2015. With annual attendance at U.S. national parks on the rise, park officials warn they might have to restrict the number of tourists to protect the environment and the visitor experience.